Big Bros, Big Sis: January Is National Mentoring Month

1/30/17 – A local organization is looking for volunteers to work with area youth.  As it observes January’s National Mentoring Month, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dodge County and Watertown is looking to add adult mentors.  During a recent appearance on WBEV’s Community Comment program, Executive Director Betsy Bright said there are roughly three dozen children on the waiting list.  Big Brothers, Big Sisters offers two programs: one is community-based and involves the mentor hanging out with the child at least twice per month while the other is school-based and sees the mentor go into the child’s school to have lunch with them every week.  Bright says the program benefits the kids, who receive an extra role model who can provide guidance and a fresh perspective on life.  Mentors need to be at least 18 years old and pass an annual criminal background check while children are often recommended for the program by school officials.  Bright says the coordinators interview all children and adults who enter the program to gauge their interests and expectations to allow for the best possible pairings.  Anyone interested in learning more about Big Brothers Big Sisters can contact them at 920-261-2315 or bbbsdodgewatertown.org.